The French Publishers’ Agency represents the English language rights to a highly selective yet widely diverse list of books from France, ranging from literary fiction and thrillers to sociology and philosophy, and occasionally children’s books and graphic novels. As an affiliate of the Bureau International de l’Édition Française (BIEF), it represents an average of sixty different member publishers each year. Located in New York City, it is an important resource for publishers on either side of the Atlantic, opening doors for contemporary French novelists and provocative thinkers in the English language.
The agency is proud to include among its authors many preeminent French thinkers, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Lévinas, André Compte-Sponville, Marguerite Duras, Jean Baudrillard, Julia Kristeva, and Michel Onfray.
But the agency’s most recognizable titles are found in the fiction section, including Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky and Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, and many more from authors like Anna Gavalda, Amélie Nothomb, Assia Djebar, Laurent Gaudé, Alain Mabanckou, Dany Laferrière, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, and Emmanuel Carrère.
Many of the agency’s novelists have now become classics, including Georges Perec, J.M.G. Le Clézio, Patrick Chamoiseau, Patrick Modiano, Raymond Queneau, and Boris Vian.